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- Object: Hunting the dead lion.
Vignette to printed verses: The "Living Dog" and the "Dead Lion", signed 'T. Pidcock' (former owner of the menagerie, cf. BM Satires No. 10077). A lion with the face of Byron, the curling hair blended with the mane, lies on its side, dead. A meagre cur, Leigh Hunt, stands on a pile of books inscribed Rimini placed against the lion's hind-quarters, raising a leg contemptuously.
The first of seven verses:
'Next week will be published (as "Lions" are the rage),
'The whole Reminiscences, wondrous and strange,
'Of a small puppy-dog that lived once in the cage
'Of the late noble lion in Exeter 'Change.' 1828
Etching with letterpress text
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Height: 136 millimetres (plate)
Height: 382 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 186 millimetres (plate)
Width: 266 millimetres (sheet)
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- (Description and comment from M. Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', XI, 1954)
The verses, savagely attacking Hunt, are by T. Moore, and are in his collected poems. Printed in The Times, 10 Jan. 1828, they forestalled the publication of Hunt's Lord Byron and some of his Contemporaries, with Recollections of the Author's Life . . ., 1828, the much-attacked book which the author afterwards bitterly regretted. Hunt's Story of Rimini, 1816, gives him the slight elevation which enables him to attack the dead poet; the poem was dedicated to Byron who had made pencilled comments on the MSS. See Leigh Hunt, Autobiography, 1903, ii. 91, 166, &c.; Blunden, Leigh Hunt, 1930, pp. 97 ff., 230 ff. Perhaps based on No. 3696.
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